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Mark Cortright

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1971-1972Art and Forestry, College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California

1972-1976BA Art, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California


1976—Full-time, Studio Potter, Arcata, California


Mark Cortright creates functional, hand-built or slab-built, porcelain wares. Cortright is interested in creating high quality, durable wares that are meant to be used in domestic settings. Despite their functional purpose, each work is a signed original creation. In 2015, Cortright's output of studio work equated approximately 9-10 tons of porcelain.

Cortright signs all of his works by incising his signature using the dull end of a metal needle tool, usually in the middle of the foot well.

Since 1976, Cortright has worked as a full-time studio potter building over 10 kilns from scratch and selling his works regularly from his pottery, Liscom Hill Pottery Works and at art festivals across the western states. His work from the 1970s to early 1980s is either stoneware or porcelain. From the late-1980s on, Cortright’s works are exclusively porcelain, except for some saltwares in stoneware or porcelain, that have been produced since 2001 from his salt kiln.

The stoneware body is primarily Quyle Kilns, “Sandstone Buff,” and the porcelain is “Dave’s Porcelain,” from the Laguna Clay Company. In 1980 he built a 35 cu. ft. car kiln, still in operation, reduction-firing works to a soft cone 11 using natural gas.


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Artist's Studio: Liscom Hill Pottery Works


Typical Marks

Both abbreviated "Cort" (introduced early 1970s) and "LHP" (introduced mid-1980s) used from the late 1980s to present. Incised in footwell or base.

Date: 1977
Materials: Stoneware, Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Crackle Glaze, Glaze, Raku, Slip
Photo: Mark Cortright
Photo: Mark Cortright
Covered Jar
Date: 2008
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Mark Cortright
Photo: Mark Cortright
Dinner Plate
Date: 2015
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Mark Cortright
Photo: Mark Cortright

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified June 12, 2019.